Published on October 23rd, 2022 | by David Jackson


3 Ways To Prepare For The End Of Your Professional Career

If you’re nearing retirement in the next few years, you might be getting a little nervous about making this transition. While it will likely be a few more years before you’ll be needing to move into an assisted living facility after you retire, knowing how to prepare for the time in between can often be a challenge. Luckily, there are things you can begin doing now to help you be mentally and emotionally ready for retirement.

To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to prepare for the end of your professional career.  

Find Who You Are Outside Of Work

When you’re in your working years, so much of your identity can be tied up in your career simply because you spend so much of your waking hours focused on work. Especially for those who have had a hard time creating a work-life balance up until this point, it might feel like you don’t have much of an identity outside of work. But if this is the mental state you’re in when you retire, the transition can be very jarring.

To keep this from happening to you, spend some time now finding out who you are outside of work. Consider trying your hand at some of the hobbies you used to enjoy so that when you’re done working, you can have something to fall back on to fill your time and help you see yourself as more than just a worker bee. 

Decide How Retired You Want To Be

In many situations, choosing to retire doesn’t have to be something with a hard and fast deadline. Oftentimes, you can slowly start working less until you’re ready to be entirely retired.

If this is something that you’re interested in, start speaking with your boss now to see how this can be implemented in the months or years leading up to your retirement. In some situations, you can move from being a full-time employee to being a contractor or freelancer. And, if you’re open to it, you could even make yourself available for consulting after you’ve chosen to retire more fully. 

Plan For Ways To Stay Productive

For the time when you are retired, it’s wise to think ahead for ways that you’ll keep yourself feeling productive and finding purpose in your life. 

For many people facing retirement, the thought of filling their days with nothing can be scary. But if you have a plan for occupying yourself and can find other ways to find meaning in your life without earning money, you’ll be much happier in retirement.

If you’re getting close to the end of your professional career, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you start preparing for this big life change.

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